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Open Discussion: Climate Change Bill

img_2346.JPGMost of us in the cattle business have been keeping a close eye on this climate change legislation passing through the hands of our Congressmen. While I'm convinced that we all need to do our part to improve the environment, I don't believe that America's farmers and ranchers should be the ones to foot the bulk of the bill. For anyone in agriculture, the harsh implications of this bill could have a catastrophic impact on the future of food production.

Aside from BEEF Magazine, our publisher, Penton Media, also distributes great information through Farm Press publications. These media outlets have recently had great updates on climate change and cap and trade legislation, and I thought I would share the best with you. Are you concerned about cap and trade and the climate change bill? What updates have you heard on the subject? What are your thoughts on the pros and cons of these regulations? I'm looking forward to a great debate!

Delta Farm Press: Johanns Takes on Climate Bill“If the United States passes this bill (without China and India), we’re not going to impact temperatures to any significant degree. Isn’t that correct?” asked Johanns.

Southeast Farm Press: Cap and Trade Answers Elusive Is the USDA capable of running a massive, new program even as implementation of the latest farm bill lags?

BEEF Daily Quick Fact: A recent survey of young farmers and ranchers reveals that computers are used on 83 percent of America's farms. Nearly 75 percent of today's young farmers have a cellular telephone, and nearly one-third have access to the Internet, up from 10.5 percent from last year. (Source: NC State University)